Foundation Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung (Escape, Displacement, Reconciliation)

Berlin/2014

The Foundation Flucht, Vertreibung, Versöhnung installs a permanent exhibition in the Deutschlandhaus in Berlin-Kreuzberg in order to remember the injustice of forced migration in Europe in the 20th century. The fundamental idea of the exhibition design arises from the polarity of chaos and order. It gives the unstructured structure. The exhibition is oriented towards the genuine physical dimension that adheres to escape and displacement: The loss of control and security, the abandonment of the familiar and confrontation with the unknown. Both, the physicality and the structure of the unstructured are expressed by the “Schollen”, layered and wedged fibre cement panels that are spread in the room. A sculpturally appearing overall picture is created, whose construction and inner structure becomes apparent only upon closer inspection. This overall picture shows in an abstract way how the fates of the refugees and displaced depend on political and historical events. The uniformity of the “Schollen” and their constant new positioning, their changing heights and angles incite the perception of the visitor and invite them to continuously adjust their perspective during the tour of the exhibition. The sculptural design concept is linked to explicit and intuitive visitor guidance, maintaining the visitor’s interest to discover the exhibition. The precise use of interactive media stations enhancing individual topics and projections of videos and images onto the “Schollen” assist the latter in the process.